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Taiwanese, Hong Kongers angry: panelists

DISENFRANCHISED YOUTH:In Hong Kong, ‘functional constituencies’ representing big business limit democracy, while in Taiwan, the ruling party has all the power

By J. Michael Cole  /  Staff reporter

As a result, he said, the KMT has become worried because young people are deserting the party and voting for the Democratic Progressive Party.

In Hong Kong, Leong pointed to the emergence of the “post-80s” generation, people in their 20s and early 30s who are calling for more political engagement and don’t want power to be limited to a few conglomerates.

Asked whether the “post-80s” generation identified more as Chinese or Hong Kongese, Leong said there was “no question” that they viewed themselves as Chinese, adding that the majority cherished the “one country, two systems” model as a means to secure Hong Kong’s special identity.

On Taiwan’s role as a model of democratization for China, Leong said Taiwan was in an ideal position to help, as it “is part of the country [China].”

“Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) cannot say that Ma is a busybody trying to interfere with the People’s Republic of China’s domestic politics,” Leong said, adding that similar calls by US President Barack Obama, for example, would have far less traction as they came from an external element.

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